Martins Bank 1928+

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The Kirkby area of Liverpool has been in need of a permanent branch for use by personal customers for many years when Martins Bank finally opens one in 1961. Since 1957 Kirkby and Croxteth shared a visiting Mobile Branch on alternate days of the week.

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In Service: 31 July 1961 until 23 February 1987

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Branch Images © Barclays Ref 0030/1517

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After the war, large parts of this area had to be rebuilt, and whilst row upon row of shiny new houses appeared, it seemed that amenities including churches, shops and banks were missing from the plans, or at the very least they were an afterthought. Regular visits to Kirkby and Croxteth by Martins Mobile Branch helped partly to address this problem, and it was a way of building a new and loyal base of wage-earning personal customers.

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Several banks maintained sub-branches at the local trading estate, and Martins had operated its own sub-Branch there since 1946. This catered for the various businesses on site, and in the months leading up to the opening of the new permanent Kirkby Branch at Cherryfield Drive, a Martins Mobile Branch was placed close to the site of the new building in order to attract more business and to help facilitate a good start for the Branch when it opened on 31 July 1961. 

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Once building is complete, Kirkby Branch has a distinct and modern look on the outside, and on the inside we can see a counter area still free of the dreaded “bandit screens” that through the increasing number of armed robberies, which from the mid-sixties onwards will begin to change the cashier/customer relationship forever. As a self accounting sub branch to Liverpool Clubmoor, Kirkby enjoys limited autonomy – a clerk in charge who can sign on behalf of the bank and make simple lending decisions, and full bank opening hours including Saturday. Kirkby survives the merger with Barclays, and continues to trade until early 1987. 

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1964 MR ID Craig Clerk in Charge MBM-Wi64P08.jpg

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Mr I D Craig

Clerk in Charge

1964 onwards

 

 

 

BARCLAYS BANK LIMITED

St Chads Drive

Industrial Estate

 

LLOYDS BANK LIMITED

St Chads Drive

Industrial Estate

 

MARTINS BANK LIMITED

147 Cherryfield Drive

Industrial Estate

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MIDLAND BANK LIMITED

Market Square                 

Industrial Estate

 

NATIONAL PROVINCIAL BANK

Industrial Estate

 

WESTMINSTER BANK LIMITED

24 Newtown Gardens

Industrial Estate

 

 

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11-23-50 Liverpool Kirkby                                 

Self Accounting Sub to 11-95-20 LIVERPOOL CLUBMOOR

147 Cherryfield Drive Kirkby Liverpool

91 Liverpool

Mon to Fri 1000-1500

Saturday 0900-1130

SIMonswd 4068

Night safe

I D Craig Clerk in Charge

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Liverpool Kirkby/Croxteth Mobile

31 July 1961

15 December 1969

23 February 1987

Opened by Martins Bank Limited

Barclays Bank Limited 20-47-02 Kirkby Liverpool Cherryfield Drive

Closed and moved to St Chad’s Drive

Liverpool Kirby Trading Estate

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